Things To Start In February

I don’t know about you but I always find it quite difficult to start new years resolutions properly in January? There’s always too many Christmas chocolates and treats left to start healthy eating or being healthier in general, I’m always too tired with re-adjusting to work life to join the gym etc etc… So this year I’ve decided instead of some more new years resolutions, I’m just going to try and do a few things but not be too hard on myself about it. I’m finding it quite difficult still to adjust to the new chapter of my life in Sheffield away from home still so I’m just going to try my best! Hopefully if you’re looking for a few things to try out then this might give you a little inspiration too.

Knitting

So as part of my Christmas present my mum got me a beginners knitting book, some needles and a ball of wool to practice with. My mum is honestly incredible at knitting and my sister-in-law is getting pretty good too and they’ve been trying to get me involved for ages now. I always think I never have the time to learn or practice nor do I know what I would knit when I have learnt but I knew this would happen sometime soon! So I have already learnt a couple of different stitches, how to cast on and how to take my knitting back down if I get stuck but I’ve only been doing odd rows like every other week. So I really want to start putting time aside and giving it a proper go this month, after all I have a lot of catching up to do!

Getting A Good Nights Sleep

Now I’m not saying I’m going to turn into a total granny and try and get to sleep super early every night but more realistically maybe once or twice a week get a slightly earlier night? I’m always so tired especially now I have to get up earlier with my new job and work for longer too so I think it would really do me some good just once or twice a week to get an extra hour in rather than ending up wasting half my weekend trying to catch up on sleep.

Reading

One of my new years resolutions last year was to get back in to reading and well let me tell you, it didn’t go very well at all. I think I finished one book throughout the whole year and half read two. I just couldn’t get into them properly and always ending up doing something else instead of reading. So hopefully I can do better this year, which I’m going to try and start in February too. I have a good few books from last year lined up and ready to be read so there are no excuses and if I can tie it into getting an earlier night too that would be great. I think reading for a little while before bed would do me the world of good to get out the habit of scrolling through Instagram and Twitter before I go to sleep.

Making Healthier Choices

Again, I’m not going super hard core with this, I’m still going to enjoy life. I just want to try and get more active again, re-joining the gym and eating healthier. I do want to lose a couple of lbs and tone up a little before my summer holiday this year but not loads, just to feel comfortable again. But I think a healthier lifestyle and balance is more important than ‘go hard or go home’ because otherwise it always means you’ll reach a point and just totally lose interest and go back to your old habits!

So those are just a few of things I’d like to have a go at getting into in February, who knows maybe I will have more throughout the year! Do you have anything you’d like to start, any goals or new hobbies?

 

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  1. January 31, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Look at you knitting! My daughter got into knitting a few years ago and knitted scarves for her dolls and anything that could wear one! I know some people become knitters for life and make some fab jumpers or hats!

    Getting more sleep is always a good thing, I have phases where I just can’t get off to sleep, like last night – I was still awake at 4am, always makes me feel so groggy the next day.

    Lovely post as always!

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • ellieedx
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      April 25, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      I know I can’t believe it, I’m excited though, maybe one day I can become such an amazing knitter like my mum! I know what you mean with the sleep thing some nights it’s harder than others which is annoying, I’m just always tired no matter what which doesn’t help! Thank you so much Samantha xx

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      It’s so good when you naturally wake up early! I’m definitely not a morning person though, I’m always tired but I do think a lot of it is down to me hardly ever getting enough sleep so hopefully I can change that! x

  2. January 31, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    These are such lovely ideas! My mum has got into knitting recently too as a little hobby! Lovely post as always Ellie xx

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      I think knitting is such a great hobby, I hope one day I can be as amazing at it as my mum is! Thank you lovely xx

  3. February 1, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I really need to start reading more! I absolutely love it, but these days I would much rather scroll through my phone or play a game..I love getting an early night too, I always like to make sure that I’m in bed by 9pm every night xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Me too, it’s so hard when you get out of the habit and I know exactly what you mean I’m the same. I wish I could do that! x

  4. February 1, 2018 / 10:37 am

    I think being chilled out about resolutions is the way forward! I’m more likely to achieve them if I’m just working towards them throughout the year. If you ever want any book recommendations, give me a shout 🙂 Xx

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      I definitely agree, and I may take you up on that at some point so thank you 🙂 xx

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      I know what you mean, It’s so hard to find the time for sometimes especially when you get yourself out of the habit! x

  5. February 9, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I wanted to start the gym again, it hasn’t happened yet as motivation for it is very low but I’ll get there. Healthy eating has improved so that’s a bonus!

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Yeah I know how you feel, my motivation is very on and off and I find it quite hard to get to the gym but me too my healthy eating is going really well now so that’s great! x

  6. February 11, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    It’s so hard to start anything new as soon as the year starts. I’m so jealous you’ve started knitting! I’d love to start a new hobby like that, when I was a teenager I used to do a lot of cross stitching and I enjoyed it so much! Maybe I should take it up again 🤔 Great post Ellie 🙂 Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      I totally agree. Aww you definitely should take it up again or maybe try and learn how to knit! Thank you lovely 🙂 xxx

  7. February 18, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I love the idea of this! I started again in February because January was too hard!! Sleep is very important hunny so make sure you get some (I don’t get anywhere near enough!). Xx

    • ellieedx
      Author
      April 25, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      It’s too hard to start things in February especially with all the post Christmas blues and festive feasts it leaves behind! It really is, but why is it so hard to get enough?! xx

  8. March 27, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Great post! I definitely need to get on the making healthy choices thing. I’ve been in a recent cycle of bingeing on carb heavy foods. So good, but so fattening! lol.

    XO Steph

    littlemissshortstuff.wordpress.com

    • ellieedx
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      April 25, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      It’s so hard sometimes but I think once you get through the first push it gets easier! If only all the good foods weren’t also all the fatty foods – that would be the perfect world! Haha xx

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